My step-daughter Kim managed to get an almost front row seat to the filming of Celebrity Juice the other week. As Keith Lemon trotted down the steps Kim managed to reach out and spank Mr Lemons ass, yes we captured it on Sky and now it is on youtube.
As I have mentioned before I run a Northampton based man and a van service. I do get to travel all over the country and I do get to see some lovely places, none more beautiful than a recent trip that I had to Inverness in Scotland. I had never set foot in Scotland before so what better first visit to the country than the highlands. Planning the 500 mile route and 8 hour drive there was pretty simple, I hadn’t much in the way of options as it was pretty much motorway all the way there, that was until I had passed Glasgow.
What a drive and what wonderful scenery I was treated to once I had hit the highlands, I wish I had pulled over to take a picture or two as it was a truly amazing sight for the eyes to see. Although I regret not taking a few pictures I did take a slight detour pass Loch Ness. Sadly or lucky I haven’t decided which I didn’t see any monsters but I did capture a few images of the Loch.
I can’t believe what a crap year this is turning out to be, exactly 5 months to the day we lost Krueger and my other German Shepherd Storm has had to be put to sleep. Storm was 11 years old and for several days he hadn’t been himself. It is so hard explaining to a vet that you know your dog isn’t quite right, despite the vets giving him a clean bill of health we knew something was wrong, we just didn’t know what.
Things came to a head yesterday 31st October when our poor Storm could hardly stand, he had refused a walk two days running and he is not a dog who would ever refuse a walk. My wife and myself often joked that we would know the day Krueger was truly ill as it would be the day he refused food and Storm would be the day he refused a walk, sadly on both accounts we were right.
We took Storm to the vets for the 3rd time in 7 days and this time they agreed something was drastically wrong, his body had gone into shock, his heart was racing away and while we were there he messed on the floor and his faeces contained blood. The vet strongly felt that it was a ruptured tumour.
I cannot begin to describe what it is like to lose both your best buddies within such a short space of time, my only relief from the pain I feel is the knowing that we gave both our boys the best life we possibly could. They were never kennelled, they had at least one holiday to Yarmouth a year and they were spoilt. In return they both gave my wife and I unconditional love and devotion and we will remember them in our hearts forever.
I just cannot believe that more than a year has past since I last made a post, when I look back on the last 12 months only one thing really stands out for me and that was my 7 year old German Shepherd Dog Krueger passing away earlier this year, May 31st to be exact. One minute he was out on his walk with myself and the wife the next he was suffering a seizure. We rushed him to the vets and it took them 24 hours to discover he was riddled with tumours, the one on his heart causing his seizure so it was time to say goodbye.
Anyone who has ever lost a dog will know how upsetting it is, now 4 months on it still feels as nearly as painful as it did the first few days after we had hugged and kissed him goodbye. Even writing this I have tears in my eyes. I have had 4 GSD’s in the past, I loved them all but Krueger was the one I had a special bond with, he was that special one who knew exactly how I was feeling.
The two images pictured on this post were taken just a month before he past away while he was enjoying his weeks holiday in Yarmouth. I have these as pictures on my office wall, I love you Krueger.
I can’t believe how quickly two and a bit weeks have passed since the start of the Olympics. A superb performance from team GB who have had me well and truly on the edge of my seat at times. No doubt about it, I can report that they certainly gave me a feel good factor but now what, I feel lost without it.
As a Brit and hearing plenty of rumours surrounding the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, I admit I was cringing at the thought of how bad it all sounded and I was wondering what the world would be thinking, looking at us in bewilderment as to what on earth was going on. Within 5 minutes of the start my fears turned to joy as the ceremony got under way and what a spectacular show it was. Truly British and if some feel too British for other countries to fully understand I don’t care, it is our turn to host the games and despite being a multi national country I felt it made a pleasant change for something to show off what makes Britain GREAT.
From the scenes dipicting the green grass and fields making way for the industrial revolution and the way the five rings were made to look like they were forged from iron right through to Mr Bean showing that we have a great sense of humour and even the Queen joining in as she was escorted by James Bond himself – I loved it. Personally I would have not have had Paul McCartney bringing the end to the nights proceedings, partly because it really is time for him to retire and second I just get fed-up with him closing every event that we hold here in the UK but I won’t let that spoil what I felt was a fantastic opening ceremony.
Summer is on it’s way, it is now two months ago that I purchased a new BBQ and I still haven’t been able to use it. After the wettest June and what is likely to be the wettest July on record the forecast for next week is 27c. You have to admire the Greeks and the approach they take. Petroula Kostidou is a rather controversial Greek weather girl, I have no idea why!?.
Living in Northampton and being just 20 minutes from Silverstone (I should add 20 minutes on a non race day) you would think a Grand Prix fan would have seen his fair share of British Grand Prix’s. The truth is I have seen just the one, it was an enjoyable experience and one that I am glad to have ticked off my bucket list, however it has to be said, watching it on the TV is much more fun. At the race track you don’t get to see what is going on apart from when they whiz past you, blink and you have missed it. You don’t get to hear or see why your favourite driver just lost three places on the last lap and if you do blink and miss it you haven’t got the added bonus of a replay. The biggest bonus for me in watching it on TV is that you don’t have 20 minute journey turn into a two hour drive there and another two hours back and you don’t have to wade through a mud bath when it rains and seeing as this is England there is an awful amount of the wet stuff around at present.
Funny enough I received a local man and a van request from a potential customer the other day, it was for Friday 6th July. I knew automatically that the NN12 postcode meant Towcester and the lady was wishing for some goods to be transported to Oxford, a drive that should take me right past and through Silverstone. I politely turned down the opportunity to be anywhere near this area and how glad I was when later that evening the BBC News reported on the traffic chaos caused by fans trying to get in to watch the first official practice session and the terrible wet weather conditions flooding the car parks. One report commented on how it was taking 2 hours to drive 100 meters – when you consider a certain Mr Bolt can do this in under 9 seconds.
So with more rain forecast for today and the two main chances we have in Button and Hamilton starting 18th and 8th what chances do we have of seeing a Brit on the podium? Personally I feel Hamilton has a great chance of a top 3, sadly I have to say first might be out of his reach on this occasion but we can all hope. In Today’s other major sporting event we have Murray in the men’s final at Wimbledon, he is Scottish and I did see an Interview where he said he wanted England to lose at football (which put me off him a little) but it is he that has a chip on his shoulder so I would still like to see the BRIT win. Personally I think Button has more chance at coming first today than Murray winning, not that it saddens me because if I had to choose between Button winning the British Grand Prix or Murray winning the Wimbledon final I know which I would pick.
Well the garden is coming along nicely, the guys doing it are not coming today, they have a maintenance commitment but it is my birthday and it is the first time in several years that I won’t be working on it. My wife is also off so we enjoyed a quiet day at home and very shortly we are heading out for dinner to a local Indian restaurant with the family. I forgot to take a picture of the progress and I can’t be bothered to go and take one now as I need to jump in the shower and spruce myself up.
Like many who have previously shopped at eBuyer, I received an email informing me that they were going to be having a crash sale on Monday 28th November with all sale items listed at £1.00. The sale was due to start at 11.00am but if you ‘liked’ the eBuyer facebook page you would earn yourself a 30 minute head start on everyone else, well not quite everyone as an impressive 48,000 people clicked that little old like button.
I wondered if it would be the usual tat these kind of sales usually have for sale, the kind of stuff more suitable for a car boot sale, maybe a few cables, blank CDs cable ties and the kind of stuff you could find in any old pound shop. Curiosity grabbed me and just before 10.30am I made my way to the eBuyer home page; that was the last time I saw it until around 21.00hrs. Despite several attempts to see what this wonderful £1 sale had to offer I never even managed to get the front page to load, not alone see what I bargain I might have grabbed.
In a second browser window I had the eBuyer facebook page open which was filling up at a rate of a new page a second with angry and disgruntled customers. At one stage I caught a post by eBuyer themselves saying we are sorry some of you are having problems it is due to the unprecedented demand?? Hang on a second, firstly ‘some of you’ more like 99% of us and secondly eBuyer is a technology store, they sell computer parts and they never realised that their servers were not up to 48k people visiting all at once instead eBuyer launched their very own DDoS attack on themselves.
Today the eBuyer facebook page is still filling with angry customers, not just those that never managed to see what fantastic £1 deals there were but customers who completed checkout only to be told today that the item they thought they had grabbed for a pound was out of stock. So what now for eBuyer? They still have 48,000 facebook likes, google will love all those likes and that is 48,000 people eBuyer can advertise to with a single post. They have a few thousand disgruntled customers to contend with but that should be easy to sort. I would expect to see a more realistic sale announced before Christmas, probably a 25% - 30% sale.
We are all very forgiving when it comes to bargains and we all have short memories so I dare say those complaining will be straight back looking for a bargain if or when the next sale is announced. Scam, Disaster or Great Marketing Ploy?